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    CRITIQUE

    Helen Talbot was invited to our May meeting which was a critique of work, or “appraisal” as she prefers to call it, in advance of our summer exhibition at Red House Museum. A plentiful and varied display of subjects and media, mainly paintings although one beautifully stitched work was included, was brought in by members. Some were ready framed for exhibition and some works in progress. Helen gave each item a short appraisal. Using mount card corners for cropping she gave us ideas for different compositions to achieve interesting results. She explained that compositions work best for the viewer if different shape formats are used to position subjects and generally…

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    Maxine Marsh

    March meeting was a demonstration by Maxine on flowers in watercolour and ink. Maxine drew inspiration from the lovely hellebores that are flowering at present and started with a very basic pencil sketch to guide her through the composition process. A tiny amount of masking fluid was used to mask the stamems. Wetting the paper she proceeded to add her colour lightly, taking care to leave white areas, and sprinkling salt to add to the textured effect. Deeper colours followed in both watercolour and ink brush pens. Various brush sizes were used throughout to maximize effects in the different parts of the painting. The work was dried and the masking…

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